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Spinasse’s insalata di cavolo is the perfect way to celebrate Northern Italian cuisine on Capitol Hill.
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11 Sumptuous Salads in Seattle

More than just starters, these green plates are stars of the menu

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Spinasse’s insalata di cavolo is the perfect way to celebrate Northern Italian cuisine on Capitol Hill.
| Jenise Silva for Eater

In restaurants, salads are often overlooked — not just by diners, but also by chefs who phone them in. But in the hands of talented cooks, leafy greens, grains, root vegetables, and other seasonal ingredients are as satisfying and creative as anything else on the menu, not to mention relatively healthy for anyone dining out. Here’s a round-up of delicious Seattle salads that can start a meal off right or stand on their own.

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Cafe Turko

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At this homey Fremont cafe, traditional Turkish breakfasts, moussakas, kabobs, coffee, and a variety of imports are complemented by a legit selection of salads, like a salty, earthy one with seasoned lamb, cucumber, green and black olives, red cabbage, and beet pickles.

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The Whale Wins

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The “lettuces” salad at this pretty Fremont eatery is a study in seasonal simplicity: butter lettuce with a variety of whatever other lettuces are in season, herbs, pistachios, and parmesan. It tastes like it was just pulled from the garden.

Evergreens

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This local chain caters to the busy lunch crowd with quick service, customization, and a number of seasonal salads chock-full of grains, vegetables, and protein. The Age of Asparagus is a good bet, featuring toothsome asparagus, English peas, gorgonzola, pickled onions, bacon, and walnuts.

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Le Pichet

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Seattle’s iconic bistro, at the outskirts of Pike Place Market, is a lovely place to order some French wine and settle into a meaty yet delicate salad of crispy corned pork shoulder, frisee, and spinach, finished neatly with shoestring potatoes.

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Mercato Stellina

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This sleek pizzeria adjacent to Pike Place Market turns out high-quality pastas and brick-oven pizzas, supported admirably by green salads. Butter lettuce pops with cara cara oranges, ricotta, olives, and avocado, all dressed in a sweet orange vinaigrette.

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Spinasse

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The insalata di cavolo — savoy and Napa cabbage with a soft-boiled egg sauce, walnuts and pancetta — is the perfect way to celebrate Northern Italian cuisine at this elegant Capitol Hill hotspot.

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Marmite

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Exquisite French comfort food is the name of the game at this Capitol Hill restaurant, and the brunch-only salad Lyonnaise is no exception. Smoky bacon, potatoes, and a perfectly poached egg nestle on a bed of frisee with a Champagne vinaigrette to top it all off.

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Café Presse

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At this more casual Capitol Hill sibling to Le Pichet, the classic salade verte is as delicious as it is affordable. Bibb lettuce is adorned with hazelnuts and drizzled in hazelnut vinaigrette for a nutty simplicity.

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Tamarind Tree

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There are so many salad choices at this serene Vietnamese haven, tucked in the back of a busy strip in the International District, that it’s hard to know where to begin. Chicken, lemongrass, garlic beef slices, and boneless duck all tie together one salad or another. But the green papaya salad with prawns, jicama, and roasted peanuts is a cut above.

Bar del Corso

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The vignarola salad at this charming Beacon Hill restaurant shines with baby artichokes, fava beans, spring onions, english peas, and mint — plus some pancetta for good measure.

Big Chickie

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This former service station in Hillman City is a busy hub of charcoal rotisserie chicken, Peruvian style. On equal footing with the crisp chicken are the sides and salads, like a kale apple salad studded with golden raisins and red cabbage.

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Cafe Turko

Jenise Silva for Eater

At this homey Fremont cafe, traditional Turkish breakfasts, moussakas, kabobs, coffee, and a variety of imports are complemented by a legit selection of salads, like a salty, earthy one with seasoned lamb, cucumber, green and black olives, red cabbage, and beet pickles.

Jenise Silva for Eater

The Whale Wins

The “lettuces” salad at this pretty Fremont eatery is a study in seasonal simplicity: butter lettuce with a variety of whatever other lettuces are in season, herbs, pistachios, and parmesan. It tastes like it was just pulled from the garden.

Evergreens

Jenise Silva for Eater

This local chain caters to the busy lunch crowd with quick service, customization, and a number of seasonal salads chock-full of grains, vegetables, and protein. The Age of Asparagus is a good bet, featuring toothsome asparagus, English peas, gorgonzola, pickled onions, bacon, and walnuts.

Jenise Silva for Eater

Le Pichet

Jenise Silva for Eater

Seattle’s iconic bistro, at the outskirts of Pike Place Market, is a lovely place to order some French wine and settle into a meaty yet delicate salad of crispy corned pork shoulder, frisee, and spinach, finished neatly with shoestring potatoes.

Jenise Silva for Eater

Mercato Stellina

Jenise Silva for Eater

This sleek pizzeria adjacent to Pike Place Market turns out high-quality pastas and brick-oven pizzas, supported admirably by green salads. Butter lettuce pops with cara cara oranges, ricotta, olives, and avocado, all dressed in a sweet orange vinaigrette.

Jenise Silva for Eater

Spinasse

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The insalata di cavolo — savoy and Napa cabbage with a soft-boiled egg sauce, walnuts and pancetta — is the perfect way to celebrate Northern Italian cuisine at this elegant Capitol Hill hotspot.

Jenise Silva for Eater

Marmite

Jenise Silva for Eater

Exquisite French comfort food is the name of the game at this Capitol Hill restaurant, and the brunch-only salad Lyonnaise is no exception. Smoky bacon, potatoes, and a perfectly poached egg nestle on a bed of frisee with a Champagne vinaigrette to top it all off.

Jenise Silva for Eater

Café Presse

Jenise Silva for Eater

At this more casual Capitol Hill sibling to Le Pichet, the classic salade verte is as delicious as it is affordable. Bibb lettuce is adorned with hazelnuts and drizzled in hazelnut vinaigrette for a nutty simplicity.

Jenise Silva for Eater

Tamarind Tree

There are so many salad choices at this serene Vietnamese haven, tucked in the back of a busy strip in the International District, that it’s hard to know where to begin. Chicken, lemongrass, garlic beef slices, and boneless duck all tie together one salad or another. But the green papaya salad with prawns, jicama, and roasted peanuts is a cut above.

Bar del Corso

The vignarola salad at this charming Beacon Hill restaurant shines with baby artichokes, fava beans, spring onions, english peas, and mint — plus some pancetta for good measure.

Big Chickie

Will Austin Photography

This former service station in Hillman City is a busy hub of charcoal rotisserie chicken, Peruvian style. On equal footing with the crisp chicken are the sides and salads, like a kale apple salad studded with golden raisins and red cabbage.

Will Austin Photography

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